Breakthrough Agilio® Software works in concert with Agilio® SmartNICs to transparently offload virtual switch and virtual router data path processing, enabling compute servers used for server-based networking to deliver to their full potential.
Netronome invented the flexible network flow processor and hardware-accelerated server-based networking. Netronome unites the speed and flexibility of software innovation with the performance and efficiency of hardware. With Netronome, you get the efficiencies of mega-scale data centers in your own commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server and networking infrastructure.
Avoid Data Center Growing Pains
Data center operators in organizations of any size are challenged to do more with their compute resources, to innovate more rapidly and at lower costs. They need new ways to deliver business applications and services in a more agile and secure way while driving down overall TCO.
Data center operators cannot economically scale their server-based networking using traditional software-based virtual switches, especially if their virtualized applications must perform at throughputs of 10Gb/s and higher.
Software-defined and open source networking are evolving at a rapid pace. But innovation stops the moment data center operators look to inflexible networking hardware for performance and scale.
Implementing server-based networking in x86 architectures and software is a double whammy: it increases costs as too many CPU cores are consumed, and it lowers performance as applications are starved for resources.
What Is Server-based Networking?
Server-based networking enables flexibility and rapid innovation by leveraging the networking software used in servers. Netronome’s SmartNIC solutions transparently offload and accelerate networking functions with capabilities such as virtual switching, virtual routing, connection tracking and virtual network functions, bringing the efficiencies of mega-scale data centers to businesses of all sizes.
How We Do It
Netronome utilizes a unique flow-processing-optimized silicon and software architecture that works in conjunction with standard and open source server-based networking software. The result is innovative solutions leveraging technologies and architectures proven by mega-scale data centers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google, delivering comparable efficiencies to organizations of all sizes.
Based on Standard and Open Source Networking Software:
Agilio SmartNICs are 100% feature-compliant with standard server networking, allowing for transparent offloads into hardware and preserving standard configuration and automation tools such as OpenStack.
Standard COTS Server Economies:
Netronome’s Agilio CX family of SmartNICs is priced competitively, works in standard 1RU x86 servers, and operates within the power and form factor requirements of such servers.
Agilio SmartNICs deliver up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by more than 80%, helping cloud applications perform faster and more securely.
The Agilio Software evolves rapidly and in lock step with innovations in the server-based networking open source communities such as Open vSwitch, Open Contrail and Linux. Currently, full offload of Open vSwitch v2.6 is supported with twice-yearly releases to support follow-on OVS releases. In addition, offload of Contrail vRouter v3.2 is supported. As these accelerated datapath innovations using Agilio-supported hardware platforms continue development, Agilio support for these well as SDN controllers such as OpenDaylight, OpenContrail and cloud orchestration tools such as OpenStack will be seamlessly supported by the Agilio platform.
Preserving Moore’s Law for Cloud Networking Workloads
Netronome increases services revenue and lowers data center CAPEX by delivering intelligent server networking solutions that run on industry-standard servers.
Preserves Standard Cloud Configuration
The only product that transparently offloads the entire Open vSwitch (OVS) datapath, preserving the use of a growing set of OVS-based standard configuration and automation tools such as OpenStack and automation tools, in virtualized, non-virtualized and bare metal server environments.
The only product that transparently offloads the entire OVS datapath to implement server-based networking applications, delivering line rate 40Gb/s throughput at 128-byte packets while consuming only one x86 CPU core in modern data center servers. The nearest competitor delivers about 5Gb/s while consuming more than ten CPU cores.
The only product that has the capability to evolve rapidly (without a silicon spin) to support and transparently offload open source networking innovations in the Linux, OVS, Contrail and OpenStack communities.